Super-B accelerator funded by Italian government

December 24, 2010

The Ministry for Education, University and Research has decided to select the SuperB project conducted by the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) as one of its "flagship projects" in Italy over the next few years and has delivered an initial funding for 2010 as a part of a multiannual funding program. Reconstructing the history of the Universe by researching the most infrequent events using high-precision technology. This is the INFN idea underlying the construction of SuperB, the particle accelerator based in Italy and with international involvement, which the Ministry for Education, University and Research has decided to sponsor and finance. A large interest has been expressed in many countries, meanwhile physicists from the United States, Germany, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Norway, Spain, Poland are taking part to the design effort.

The purpose of the project is to conduct top-level basic research, developing innovative techniques with an important impact in terms of technology and other research areas. In the words of the ministerial decree, "the project involves entities and Universities, as well as companies in various business sectors. It is expected to have a number of effects on relevant issues for the country, especially as regards the expansion of basic scientific perspectives and specific applications concerning particle detection, advanced simulation techniques, nanometre metrology, and others." Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is cooperating to the project with INFN. It will be in fact possible the use of the accelerator as a high brilliancy light source. The machine will be equipped with several photon channels, allowing the extension of scientific program to physics of matter and biotechnology.

The SuperB project basic assumption is that particle accelerators, smaller than the current "giants", operated at a low energy, can allow excellent scientific results complementary to the high energy frontier.

The crucial element consists in getting particle beams, which are extremely compact, small, short and very dense to collide. SuperB is thus expected to increase by one hundred times compared to the current limit the number of reactions produced in the same unit of time in the laboratory. In this way, through the study of very rare processes, which cause the decay of particles that are already known, it should be possible to account for minute effects not mentioned in the theories.

The quantum leap by SuperB is based on ideas developed in Italy and tested by the division of the National Laboratories of INFN in Frascati using the machine called Dafne. More specifically, the intersection of the beams at an angle is one of the strengths of the project because it allows a set of particles to follow exactly the same path as those moving in the opposite direction.

The experiments and simulations conducted so far show that SuperB will be able to meet the demands of physics and to produce 1000 pairs of B mesons, the same number of lepton τ pairs, and several thousands of D mesons for every second of its full-power operation.

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1 / 5 (2) Dec 24, 2010
This, of course, assumes that Italy does not declare bankruptcy in the next year or two.
2.7 / 5 (3) Dec 25, 2010
This, of course, assumes that Italy does not declare bankruptcy in the next year or two.

I simply love how un-biased the assumptions on this site are.
1 / 5 (2) Dec 25, 2010
This, of course, assumes that Italy does not declare bankruptcy in the next year or two.

I simply love how un-biased the assumptions on this site are.

And I love how ignorant of world affairs many on this site are as well. But then, reality and leftism are generally only passing acquaintances.
5 / 5 (2) Dec 26, 2010

If american state and local governments keep giving people retirement at age 53 with 100% of salary, we're going to be headed that way soon too.

At some point, voters who aren't government employees are just going to have to get sick of it,a nd demand the "contracts" are revoked, because its a deluded world these people live in when they think they can work for ~30 years and retire with 100k per year at age 50 to 55. Considering what life expectancy is now, and the new technologies in medicine that are likely to be invented in the next 20 to 50 years, many of these people may live well beyond their "natural life expectancy" to 90 or 100 or more years. Are they going to get 100k per year for the next 40 or 50 years? Who the hell is supposed to pay for that?

By the time a government employee retires at age 55 in california, they've effectively just bought at least one or two slaves (my generation) for the rest of their lives.
1 / 5 (2) Dec 26, 2010

You are correct. The only thing different now is that the US can print its own money to pay its own debts. Italy, like Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, et al, cannot because of the Euro.

The leftist experiment is finally coming to an end; unfortunately, it will take the entire world over the cliff with it. As Thatcher said: "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."

But let's make sure we definitely kill incentives and motivation to actually, you know, produce something of real value. Let's punish the rich and destroy the system that has pulled a good portion of the world out of poverty - capitalism. Let's replace it with a system that has killed 100 million people in the last 93 years for the ThoughtCrime of disagreeing with the New World Order.
3 / 5 (2) Dec 27, 2010
It is sad that scientists are dependent on government funds and on the decisions of politicians.

The Climategate scandal reveals the dangers that Former President Eisenhower warned about in his farewell address to the nation on 17 January 1961:

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo
not rated yet Jan 04, 2011
geokstr - A mildly progressive tax structure, with the rate set sufficient to keep the government financially healthy, is NOT "punishing the rich and destroying capitalism". Ask Waren Buffet.

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